The first quarter of last Friday's Puncher/Eagles matchup in Eldorado was exciting. Each team seemed ready to run away with the game, and the scoring just kept going. And then, it got really interesting!
Eldorado kicked off the game with a quick drive that took them in the first score of the game after less than 20 seconds of play. Ivany Sanchez made the final Eldorado run and Dustin Guana kicked the extra point and the score was 7-0.
Eldorado would make the next scoring drive as well when Miles Mikeska made a 27-yard run for the score, followed by another Guana extra point, and the score was 14-0.
The Punchers were out for bear, or eagles, as the case may be. Justin Yonker shot off a 44-yard pass to Bobby Buist, and Yonker followed it up with an extra point kick to put the score at 14-7 with 4:23 remaining in the quarter.
Finally, with only 32 seconds remaining in the quarter, Stephen Marquez intercepted an Eldorado pass and ran 45 yards for the next socre, and Yonker again hit the extra point to put the score at 14-14 to end the first quarter.
And, that was where the score stayed for the second, third and fourth quarters as well.
Though both teams made some great drives, and both came close to the goal, neither could quite muster the final push to rack up another six points.
In the first overtime period, Eldorado made their attempts; but, were unable to score or make a first down. So, the ball passed to Mason. The first attempt did not succeed, but the second one did, and Mason ran in the for the score on a 25-yard Adam Timms run, followed by a Justin Yonker kick, and ending the game at 21-14 in favor of the Punchers!
This week, Mason hosts Christoval at 7:30 p.m. Fans please take note of a change in the published schedules: the Junior Varsity will be playing Christoval, in Christoval, this week. The schedule had them playing Blanco in Mason, but that has changed.